As I sit here typing this, I have some kind of colored pen on half my legs, some kind of food product on parts of my shirt, and duct tape and string across half my living room—that is the latest trap creation my three-year-old has made. I am back in full mom mode, and after being away for two full weeks that for the horse girl in me went by in the blink of an eye, but for the mom in me felt like a lifetime, I cannot help but think about what a difference a few days make.
This is what you say when it does not go the way you dreamed it up. But sometimes it is even more than that. Sometimes the U=universe does you a favor, makes you take a step back, and forces you to decide if that happening is for better or for worse.
Oh, California! This winter has been unlike any other I remember ever eventing, and the start to the 2019 season has been VERY WET. My usually perfect indoor is half full of wet footing and water, and I feel like everything I own is covered in mud.
Adult Amateur rider, Frankie Thieriot Stutes was the recipient of the 2018 Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider’s Grant in December. Frankie will be sharing her eventing adventures with us every month with the USEA Foundation in 2019. Here is her January posting.
Kristi Nunnink and her own R-Star made easy work of Ian Stark’s CIC*** course, adding 5.6 time faults to hang onto their lead ahead of John Michael Durr and Ruth Bley’s Esprit De La Danse by just .9 penalties.
After the first day of competition at the Galway Downs International CIC*** and Adequan USEA Gold Cup/PRO Tour Series, Kristi Nunnink and her own R-Star find themselves in familiar territory atop the leaderboard.
Your first win is always unique, but when your first career victory consists of leading the USEA Classic Series Novice Three-Day from start to finish, it is certainly one for the memory books.
Competition continued Saturday at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, CA on a picturesque day in the Smartpak Equine USEA Classic Series Novice and Training Three-Day divisions. Despite the standings shaking up quite a bit in both divisions, overnight leaders Mallory Hogan and Whitney Tucker were both able to maintain their leads going into Sunday’s show jumping phase.
Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, CA offered its first USEA Classic Series Event this weekend, in which west coast riders set out to win a plethora of prizes in the Novice and Training Three-Day divisions.
Bea di Grazia and her own Lad’s Night Out led the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series Advanced division at Twin Rivers from start to finish. After a terrific performance throughout the weekend, the duo secured their victory by adding no jumping faults to their dressage score and only two time penalties.